Research initiative with a key funding body in Japan

The EU and Japan has concluded a new agreement to encourage top Japanese researchers to join teams in Europe that are funded by the European Research Council (ERC). The initiative is a collaboration with the Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST) and is the second of its kind for the ERC with a Japanese funding body. It Read more about Research initiative with a key funding body in Japan[…]

New research helps to understand how illnesses and bodily states in general influence our subjective well-being.

A Finnish research group from the University of Turku, University of Tampere and Aalto University has mapped the organisation of human conscious feelings and found them to cluster into five major categories: positive emotions, negative emotions, cognitive functions, somatic states, and illnesses. Humans constantly experience an ever-changing stream of subjective feelings that is only interrupted Read more about New research helps to understand how illnesses and bodily states in general influence our subjective well-being.[…]

160 innovation grants to bring frontier research closer to the market

The European Research Council (ERC) has awarded the top-up funding, Proof of Concept grants, to 160 researchers to help investigate business opportunities, establish intellectual property rights or conduct technical validation for their frontier research findings. The grants, worth up to €150,000 per project, are part of the EU’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme. The Read more about 160 innovation grants to bring frontier research closer to the market[…]

Daring ideas to explore the unknown: EU grants €630 million to over 300 top researchers

Today the European Research Council (ERC) awarded Consolidator Grants to over 300 researchers across Europe. On this occasion, Carlos Moedas, Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, said: “The Horizon 2020 programme will be funding 329 new ERC grants with €630 million to boost the EU’s scientific excellence and competitiveness. Such grants contribute to increasing the EU’s attractiveness as Read more about Daring ideas to explore the unknown: EU grants €630 million to over 300 top researchers[…]

Nanomagnets Levitate Thanks to Quantum Physics

Quantum physicists in Oriol Romero-Isart’s research group in Innsbruck show in two current publications that, despite Earnshaw’s theorem, nanomagnets can be stably levitated in an external static magnetic field owing to quantum mechanical principles. The quantum angular momentum of electrons, which also causes magnetism, is accountable for this mechanism. Already in 1842, British mathematician Samuel Read more about Nanomagnets Levitate Thanks to Quantum Physics[…]

ERC funds 133 innovations arising from frontier research

Hundred thirty-three ERC grantees are bringing the results of their frontier research closer to the market thanks to Proof of Concept grants, awarded in three rounds of competition in 2016. The winners of the last round have been announced today. They will receive top-up funding to explore the innovation potential of their ERC-funded discoveries. The Read more about ERC funds 133 innovations arising from frontier research[…]

SkinHaptics: Ultrasound Focused in the Hand Creates Tactile Sensations

Using your skin as a touchscreen has been brought a step closer after UK scientists successfully created tactile sensations on the palm using ultrasound sent through the hand. The University of Sussex-led study – funded by the Nokia Research Centre and the European Research Council – is the first to find a way for users Read more about SkinHaptics: Ultrasound Focused in the Hand Creates Tactile Sensations[…]